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We’re Back Online!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in | Comments Off on We’re Back Online!

I just wanted to update everyone on the fact that we are back up and running. It was a stressful time as this has quite possibly been the worst hack that I have ever had to deal with. It cost a lot of money and took a long time to find the right people to fix the site. What Exactly Happened? To the best of my knowledge it was a perfect storm of events that caused the downfall of the site for so long. The first was that hackers managed to breach the site through the event calendar and then they flooded the site with close to 800 gb of malware. During that time, a number plugins started to malfunction causing the site to crash. Attempts to replace the broken plugins failed and I couldn’t even access the admin panel to change anything. At some point, one of the malfunctioning plugins flooded the database with data and our service provider disconnected the database. I initially contacted the team that rebuilt the site but they would not touch the site due to the malware. It also took them about 2 weeks to tell me this. Then I hired a new developer who promised to have the site back up and running in no time. After doing...

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Important Dates for 2017

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in | Comments Off on Important Dates for 2017

National Holidays for 2017 Seollal (설날) Jan. 27th ~ 30th One of the most important holidays of the year. Most shops and stores will be typically only closed on the 28th. The rest of the days most places like shopping centers are usually open. Traffic is problematic and should be avoided. Travel and plane tickets are usually sold out as many people are heading home for the holidays. Independance Movement Day (삼일절) Mar. 1st This marks the Declaration of Independence proclaimed on March 1, 1919, while Korea under Japanese colonization. The biggest ceremony will be held at Topgol park in Seoul. Buddha’s Birthday (석가탄신일) May 3rd One of the more beautiful holidays across the country. Temples around Ulsan will be decorated with stunning displays of lanterns and there will be a parade that flows through the city. Children’s Day (어린이날) May 5th This is day for kids to blow off some steam. Schools and hogwans should be closed and places like Ulsan Grand Park will be overflowing with kids having fun. Special performances will be held throughout the city. Memorial Day (현충일) June 6th Similar to Western Remembrance Day practices, this day is set aside to honour those who gave their lives defending Korea. Liberation Day (광복절) Aug. 15th This day marks the day when Japan surrendered...

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The Best Places to Take a Date in Ulsan

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in | Comments Off on The Best Places to Take a Date in Ulsan

Words and Photos by Ashley Hatcher Although Valentine’s Day is over, that doesn’t mean the romance doesn’t need to stop. You could take your date to the typical coffee shop or dinner and a movie but where’s the fun in that? I’ve compiled a list of unique ideas to take a date around Ulsan, but of course all of these activities are perfect to do with friends as well. Dog Cafe/Cat Cafe There are many around Ulsan but my personal...

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In Memory of Dave Harvey

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in | Comments Off on In Memory of Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey may not be a household name in Ulsan these days, but he certainly helped create the amazing expat community that exists here today. On December 27th of 2015 Dave Harvey passed away from a rare form of cancer that had taken over his body in less than a year. He was only 37 years old. Dave was instrumental in helping the expat community become what it is today. He arrived here back in 2003 with his best...

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Creative Taekwondo

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in | Comments Off on Creative Taekwondo

For foreigners looking to get into shape and achieve a better understanding of Korean culture and etiquette, taekwondo is your best choice. However, the biggest challenge is not just getting your black belt before you leave but finding the right “dojeong” or school. There are so many dojeongs in Ulsan, it can be a difficult choice, not to mention so few speak English. However, Creative Taekwondo has you covered. Creative Taekwondo offers classes in English for both kids and...

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After Ulsan: Chris Mazeroll

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in | Comments Off on After Ulsan: Chris Mazeroll

It is not every day that you get a chance to meet up with someone that you met while living abroad. We often lose contact with those who were a big part of the community here in Ulsan after they leave. However, when I heard that a prominent member of the Ulsan community was living now “near” where I was studying, I made the 5 1/2 hour drive out to see him. After a long drive through some of the...

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Beyond Surviving South Korea: Top 5 Tips for an Awesome Life

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in | Comments Off on Beyond Surviving South Korea: Top 5 Tips for an Awesome Life

I’ve been living in Korea for almost 10 years and I’ve met plenty of people who were thriving, but I’ve also seen people who were just surviving, and just barely in some cases. Some of these people who were only surviving had been living here for years. Don’t let it happen to you! Create a happy life for yourself in your adopted home. Here are my top 5 tips to help you have an awesome life in South Korea....

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MERS – What You Should Know

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in | Comments Off on MERS – What You Should Know

The internet in Korea is buzzing with information about the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). The rumour mills also have been running day in and day out which is confusing the issue for most people who are concerned about the safety of their families and themselves. The Canadian Embassy now warns about following media reports during this time and suggests heading to credible sources  of information like WHO website Also noted from the letter sent out by the Canadian Embassy...

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The Wealthy Teacher: An Interview with Jackie Bolen

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in | Comments Off on The Wealthy Teacher: An Interview with Jackie Bolen

The expat community in Ulsan is very diverse but a large portion of the population are English teachers. While the money is decent for young single people, it may not be the best job in the long run. So how do you become wealthy as an English teacher here in South Korea? Better yet, how do you make sure that you are covered for the future. This is a concept that many teachers fail to think about until it...

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Ulsan Awareness and Safety Night 2015

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in | Comments Off on Ulsan Awareness and Safety Night 2015

Whenever you come to a new place it always takes time to adjust and to understand things. Sadly, at times things can take a turn for the worst. While many have the time of their lives here in Ulsan, some have had an unfortunate experience and it is why the event was planned. Amanda Bell, Sean O’Gorman and Kristen Svenstrup Keuler put together a night to help raise awareness for safety in Ulsan. Safety has always been an issue...

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